First Watershed Work Days net near-record amounts of trash

Monday, October 21, 2019

Over the course of Spartanburg Water’s two-day Watershed Work Days event, our teams collected a total of 16,915 pounds of trash around our three drinking water reservoirs – Lake Bowen, Lake Blalock, and Municipal Reservoir #1. Watershed Work Days replaced the Lake Sweep events that provided 19 years of watershed clean up efforts. Inclement weather due to back-to-back hurricanes forced the cancellation of Lake Sweep in 2017 and 2018.

You won’t believe some of the items we found: toilets, tires, TVs, mattresses, a stove, a safe, a cattle gate – even a baby carriage!

Nearly 100 Spartanburg Water employees volunteered their time to participate in the reservoir cleanup effort – braving the rain on Wednesday and the cold on Thursday. Their work is a true testament to how much our employees care about both water quality and community.